rxvt installation results in broken man/info pages, & unreadable shell prompt

Igor Pechtchanski pechtcha@cs.nyu.edu
Tue Feb 22 13:31:00 GMT 2005


On Sun, 20 Feb 2005, Matthew Johnson wrote:

> Igor Pechtchanski writes:
>
> >the second match when searching for "rxvt prompt cygwin" (without the
> >quotes) gives the answer.
>
> Not any more it doesn't;) The count of matches changed the moment you
> published this.

Ah, very true.  I should've actually included the link to the message I
was referring to.  But see below.

> But that is a small objection. A more major one is that I did this look
> up, and what I found does NOT look like an answer. Instead, I see
> messages about 'zsh' (irrelevant, since I am using bash), DOS prompts
> hanging (also irrelevant)...

The message I found actually did say "rxvt runs ash by default, so you
have to explicitly tell it to start bash".

> Or perhaps you really meant to simply say that I should have started
> rxvt with the options "-e bash --login -i"?

Exactly.

> >BTW, the FAQ also explains it, albeit as part of another question:
> ><http://cygwin.com/faq/faq_3.html#SEC65>.
>
> You call _THAT_ an explanation? I don't. I doesn't even look like the
> same topic. After all, when I follow those direction and go to
> /usr/share/info, I find the directory already exists. So why should I
> create it? At that point, I have every right to assume that the rest of
> the directions there do not apply to my case.

I think you were looking at <http://cygwin.com/faq/faq_3.html#SEC66>
instead...  Which, of course, doesn't apply to your case, as you correctly
inferred.  The FAQ entry I meant answers the question "Is there a better
alternative to the standard console window?".

> If that isn't what the FAQ means, then it needs to be rewritten.
> [snip]
>
> >Where?  The only reference to "doc/Cygwin/rxvt" was the entry I
> >referred to above, and it says "/usr/doc/Cygwin/rxvt-<ver>.README".
>
> OK, that was my error. Thanks for correcting it. No wonder I couldn't
> find the README;)
>
> Finally, I can't resist asking: was rxvt not updated since 2003 because
> it really is that complete & stable, or is it because it has been
> superceded by something else?

Neither.  It hasn't been updated because the maintainer hasn't found the
time to do this.  Steve O, if you're reading this, could you please fix
the man page?

> If the former, why hasn't anyone fixed the presence of YODLTAGSTART in
> the man pages? Doesn't that make so much more sense than running your
> sed script over and over on every installation?

It does.  See above.  I'll also request an update on cygwin-apps.
	Igor
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